For Antonia Tschakert and Maximilian Rüdebusch, it is the first time they are taking part in the Travemünder Woche. The two students from Lübecker Yacht-Club want to get involved in the competitions in the ILCA 4 and Formula 18 and are accordingly excited about what lies ahead for them. The LYC duo also took on other tasks at the same time and, on behalf of the 1,350 sailors from more than 30 nations, spoke the sporting oath that is traditionally taken at the start of the Travemünder Woche. For Corona's sake, this year the oath was not taken in person at the opening ceremony, but by video message.
For his first appearance on the TW stage, Maximilian Rüdebusch ventured right into the big action. As a member of the regional squad, he will take part in the European Championships in the junior Olympic class ILCA 4. "I have no international experience yet and have only been sailing the boat for a year. That's why I'm very excited about the races, but I'm happy that I can take part in the TW," says Maximilian Rüdebusch, who worked intensively with his home coach Arne Holweg and regional coach Manuel Voigt in the spring. Naturally, the Lübeck native can hardly assess his chances in the field of 252 competitors from 31 nations at his first European Championship start.
Club mate Antonia Tschakert, who is competing in the Formula 18 with helmsman Thomas Neudahl, smiles: "Of course, the goal is to win!" But the young crew, who has only just entered the catamaran scene this season, knows that the competition is overwhelming. For in the Formula 18, the brothers Helge and Christian Sach, who have just returned from the World Championship with fourth place, are considered the big favourites. They want to extend their TW victory record to 21 triumphs this year. That's why Antonia Tschakert immediately qualifies: "It's all about having fun." The Travemünde native actually sails Hobie 16s, but for the Travemünde Week she took part in a program run by the LYC, which brought young sailors together with experienced cat-racers.
With their TW premiere, the young LYC sailors are pushing open the gate to the big sailing world.